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iPhoto ’11: The Macintosh iLife Guide to using iPhoto with OS X Lion and iCloud by Jim Heid, Michael E. Cohen, Dennis R. Cohen

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Getting Old Photos into iPhoto

You love your digital camera and the convenience of iPhoto, and it would take an act of Congress to force you to use film again.

And yet the past haunts you. You have boxes of negatives and slides that you haven’t seen in years. If you could get them into iPhoto, you could organize them into albums and share them through Web albums, slide shows, prints and books, and even movies and DVDs.

Many services will scan slides, negatives, and prints for you, with retouching and color restoration available as options. One of the most popular is ScanCafe (www.scancafe.com), which charges as little as $.22 per scan.

If you’d rather do the job yourself, you need a scanner. Here’s an overview of what to look for, and some strategies ...

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